Did you know you can show up on Google even if you don't have a website? For free. Pretty awesome, right?
All you need to do is register on Google My Business! This is especially great for service-based businesses and local SEO. Then when anyone in the local area does a "near me" search (coffee shop near me, life coach near me, web designer near me - you get the drift), your business should pop up loud and proud.
And don't stress, no one's going to come stalking you or suss out your housing situ because you can keep your address private - great news for us mums who work from home.
So what are the benefits of claiming your listing?
You don't need an existing website
You can list your business with or without showing your physical address
You can manage your listing from a mobile app
Local customers can find you much more easily
This is a great place to show searchers how you stand out from your competition
Once you've registered, Google will send you a postcard with a verification code on it. When you've been verified, here's what you can do next:
Add your logo to help your clients recognise you
Include real photos of your business (avoid stock photos)
Ask your happy customers to add reviews on your listing
Respond to those reviews
Keep your listing updated
Include your opening hours, as well as "special hours" for holidays when you open and close at different times
Click "edit info" in your Google My Business dashboard to check what other options are available for your particular listing type
Google My Business has it's own built-in analytics called Insights. You can check out how people found you, and whether they clicked on your website after finding you etc
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